All Things Considered from NPR http://whqr.org en Islamic State Suffers Rare Defeat In Amerli http://whqr.org/post/islamic-state-suffers-rare-defeat-amerli <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Islamic+State+Suffers+Rare+Defeat+In+Amerli&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMzY5MzE4MDEzMTE3ODg5NDA4ZjRiNg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>In Iraq, radical Sunni fighters calling themselves the Islamic State or Isis have suffered a rare defeat. Iraqi and Kurdish forces broke a nearly 80-day siege on the town of Amerli, where residents have enough food and water today for the first time in weeks. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 60423 at http://whqr.org 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War http://whqr.org/post/thousand-mirrors-shows-two-views-one-long-brutal-war It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.<p>Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:33:00 +0000 NPR Staff 60420 at http://whqr.org 'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish http://whqr.org/post/ty-segall-rocks-out-acoustic-style-and-more-polish If there's a Mozart of garage rock, it's Ty Segall. He's put out at least a dozen albums of face-melting, critic-adored low-fi rock, in the style of bands like The Troggs or <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15157974/the-stooges">The Stooges</a> — not to mention his work with other bands and in other styles.<p>But his newest album, <em>Manipulator</em>, is different: more produced and polished. Segall came to NPR West to talk about the album with NPR's Arun Rath — and play a few songs for us.<p>Hear the conversation at the audio link. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:33:00 +0000 editor 60421 at http://whqr.org Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality http://whqr.org/post/x-prize-competition-could-make-tricorder-reality <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=X+Prize+Competition+Could+Make+%27Tricorder%27+A+Reality&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:33:00 +0000 editor 60422 at http://whqr.org The Other Rock History http://whqr.org/post/other-rock-history <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUdmLXq695E</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vktyEV1yrCk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0TJhKaVMqg</p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:48:00 +0000 editor 60391 at http://whqr.org The Other Rock History When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark http://whqr.org/post/when-wildlife-documentaries-jump-shark This summer's Shark Week on the Discovery Channel was the highest-rated in the special's 27-year history. But that success has also brought complaints.<p>The network has been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with "documentaries" that advance dubious theories — or are entirely fake. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:34:00 +0000 editor 60389 at http://whqr.org When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing http://whqr.org/post/beware-your-uber-ride-may-come-side-oversharing <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Beware%3A+Your+Uber+Ride+May+Come+With+A+Side+Of+Oversharing&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 60385 at http://whqr.org Len Elmore: Black Athletes Need To Speak Out About Ferguson http://whqr.org/post/len-elmore-black-athletes-need-speak-out-about-ferguson <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Len+Elmore%3A+Black+Athletes+Need+To+Speak+Out+About+Ferguson&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTk3MDc5MDEzMTM2MjU1NzMyZGE4NA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 60386 at http://whqr.org Savvy PR Campaign Has Lured Many To Fight In Syria's Civil War http://whqr.org/post/saavy-pr-campaign-has-lured-many-fight-syrias-civil-war <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Savvy+PR+Campaign+Has+Lured+Many+To+Fight+In+Syria%27s+Civil+War&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjMxOTIyMDEzMTcxNjAzMzFmMjBhZQ001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Douglas McCain was 33-years-old, an American citizen raised in Minnesota and until recently living in San Diego. But this week, U.S. officials confirmed that he was killed in Syria in combat, fighting on the side of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:29:00 +0000 editor 60388 at http://whqr.org Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions http://whqr.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-abortion-restrictions Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Federal+Judge+Blocks+Texas+Abortion+Restrictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:21:00 +0000 Melissa Block 60360 at http://whqr.org